Hot Girls Wanted (Film Review)

Hot Girls Wanted (Film Review)

Netflix offers up a pretty poignant view of young girls looking to break into the massive porn industry, all starting with ads on Craigslist in the documentary, Hot Girls Wanted. The story follows a handful of young girls, mostly just 18-years-old, who have left home for Miami, to live in a house where they will go through photoshoots and the rigors of booking gigs in order to become porn stars.

hot4The documentary does an excellent job of demonstrating the harsh nature of the business, and provides a ton of stats on the sheer number of young girls who use porn as an escape from their regular lives, only to wash out of the industry in a matter of months. Hot Girls Wanted does not show the perceived glitz and glamour of the porn stars that have almost become mainstream, household names, but the struggle and work that goes in to making it in any kind of way in a brutal business.

The girls work hard, all day, in order to promote themselves. The online community plays a massive role in porn stardom, and the importance of Twitter is examined in the film. The girls, all of them, come to Miami with stars in their eyes, with the dream of being famous, of being rich, and of being stars. For the majority of them, the reality sets in awfully quick, once hte true side of the business reveals its ugly head to them.

hot2Some of the more poignant, and difficult to watch, scenes come when the girls begin to describe, and snippets are shown, of some of the brutal acts that they must endure in order to get a paycheque. Disdain with a sex scene, or the sheer aggression and brutality of some forced scenes, are difficult to watch, and to hear about. The girls are abused, but in a shocking way, they believe that doing these things are needed in order to make it in the business that has momentarily trapped them. The veneer of girls who are in it because they want to have fun, or because they love sex, is thrown out the window, and we understand that many of these stars in pro-am porn (now the most common type, as people want to see “amateurs” in semi-real situations instead of established porn stars) are just trying to pay the bills, and make it through the day. They are not becoming rich off of this job, even though the potential for big paydays is there.

hot3Hot Girls Wanted is a stark view of the porn industry, on one of its lower levels. It is not parties and limos, but a run down house with too many dogs, and too many girls living together, with their recruiter, who spends the majority of his time throwing lines in to the water to obtain new talent that will make him money.

It is very interesting to watch the quick rise, and quicker downfall that these girls go through. The feeling of fame comes quickly, buoyed by an increase in Twitter followers, and the feeling of being wanted, and desired. This evaporates suddenly, once the girls begin to feel that they are simply being used, and that the advantages of the industry are far fewer than they ever would have imagined.

hot5This is an excellent documentary, and well worth a watch, consider the size of the porn industry. Hot Girls Wanted does a very good job of putting a human face on the films that are seen and downloaded at incredible paces, but also in providing the kind of information that is not usually know. Well worth a watch.

The King Returns: A Fringe NBA Fan’s View

The King Returns: A Fringe NBA Fan’s View

I am not a very big basketball fan, to say the least. I find it difficult to watch games on TV, as, like many people, I find they drag on in the waning minutes of each game, where each team seemingly has an endless supply of timeouts, and a final minute can take a half hour to play out. I have been to a couple of NBA games, and find the in-person experience much more entertaining. I follow who the stars are, and can tell you who won the championships in each year, but that might be it.

For me, like millions of people, the heyday of the league was during the days of Michael Jordan and the reign of the Chicago Bulls, when every kid with a basketball hoop on their driveway was a Jordan fan. For me, those days are long gone.

But I have been trying to pay more attention to basketball over the past couple of years, even engaging in a fantasy league that I inexplicably won (I had Kevin Durant, and I’m pretty sure that’s what did it for me).

Like the rest of the sporting world, I have been following the LeBron James Decision 2.0, and have opinions, just like any other fan of sports.

Back where he belongs.
Back where he belongs.

Today, James announced that he would be leaving the Miami Heat for his former, and hometown, team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

And this is great news. For a few reasons.

Like many people, I had been trained to hate the Heat after they created the Big 3. Cheering for them would be like cheering for the New York Yankees, a team that simply buys themselves a championship, and seems to be devoid of a soul. We all knew what Miami fans were. Fringe fans, who would only go see a winner. Their attendance records over the years definitely reflect this. They didn’t seem like a city worthy of having such a dynastic team. And the Heat did well, the experiment worked. They went to four straight finals, and won two of them. Sure, they probably should have won all four to make themselves legends, but that is still a pretty impressive record, leaving the rest of the Eastern Conference chasing them since the day James told us he was taking his talents to South Beach.

With his return to Cleveland, James is coming home. He is from Akron, was drafted by the Cavs, and spend the formative years of his career there. They even went to the finals once, getting rightfully whipped by the Lakers when they got there.

But now, the Cavs are a team on the rise, and having the best player in the world rejoin them makes them an immediate contender. They are a young team, and in a couple of years, if they are able to keep it all together, they have the look of a team that can win year after year, giving the downtrodden fans of Cleveland something to cheer for in their title-less town.

James will join a plethora of young talent, and a group of fellow #1 picks. Kyle Irving, Anthony Bennett, and Andrew Wiggins (unless he is traded for Kevin Love) will be a part of the future that will soon dominate the league. This is to go along with Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters as well. Seems like a pretty good group. If they can grow together, they will truly be a force to be reckoned with, and the Cleveland championship drought should end at some point. They are good side pieces to the best player in the game, which, let’s be honest, is important in basketball, where having one great player is enough to make you a good, contending team.

I believe that LeBron made the right choice by going home. He should probably have never left Cleveland in the first place, as it made him look like a mercenary. He was the best player in the league, and should have convinced others to join him in Cleveland, instead of him packing up and moving somewhere else to chase a title. It made him look less great than he really was, like he was the piece, instead of the centerpiece. If, and more likely when, he wins in Cleveland, he will be a legend. Going back to a small market makes him look like a better person. Trying to win for his home makes him look like someone who truly cares about Ohio. And this is good for him.

With one choice, James has, in my mind, gone from being one of the greatest villains in the NBA, to one of the good guys. He is already cleaning up his image by making this choice. It will be easier to cheer for him now that is a Cav again. In the same way that it was always easy to cheer for Jordan, even though it is in our nature to hate the greatest player and the greatest team.

In another way, this is a cool thing for the Canadian basketball fan. The Canadian Cavaliers, with three Canucks on their roster, were already on their way to becoming Canada’s Team (except for those few people outside of Toronto that actually cheer for the Raptors). Now, it is much easier to cheer for them, because we know that they will be good. It is nice to watch our homegrown talent play at the highest level, it is even better to watch them when they aren’t completely terrible.

In my opinion, the Return of the King is nothing but good things. It brings a star back to where he belongs, it ruins a troublesome partnership in a city that is tough to cheer for, and it turns a villain into a returning hero.

Great choice by LeBron, and it will be interesting over the next few years to see how well the Canada Cavaliers are able to do. I may still be a fringe fan, but this one move is something that could help draw my interest back to the NBA.